John Cena has been wrestling for more than a decade and has been the top guy in WWE for just about that whole time. That amount of work and grind can wear any top star down, and even Cena can’t kick out from Father Time. So, he’s been contemplating what the end of his career would look like, taking time off for various projects. In an interview with Zap2It, he talked about his time winding down.
“I’ve been a cornerstone of WWE programming since 2002. That’s a long time, it’s more than 10 years,” he says during a group interview with a handful of outlets. “So much so that a portion of our audience has direct complacency with me. ‘Man, Cena holds everybody down. He doesn’t give the new guys a chance.’ ”
Ironically, the end of his career made him understand the mindset of another star who went on to bigger and better things at the end of his career.
“Personally, and this gives me a better perspective on Dwayne Johnson’s path, you get to a certain point and you cannot attract any more fans,” he says. “Essentially, my productivity from a company standpoint… I’ve done as much as I can — 15 world championships and a myriad of other accomplishments. I don’t know what left I can do, but I still want to be able to put people in the building.”
That’s where this show, along with his other projects, come into play. “If I can get to a whole new audience — which is why opportunities like Trainwreck, Sisters and even some time on Total Divas and American Grit are just getting us out to new eyes,” Cena says. “If a few weeks in the woods can not only get people watching American Grit, but more folks watching WWE, then we’ve made the right choice.”
So, Cena is using his other outlets to put more eyes on the WWE product. But when The Rock said that, he was BSing and selling out. Checkmate, Cena marks!